Treanor Architects Blog/News

How far will we go for preservation?

2014-05-23 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Around the world! Vance Kelley, Treanor Preservation principal, travelled to Florence, Italy this summer just to see the Duomo. Okay, we admit he went to Italy for many reasons, but he did see the Duomo. He proved it to us with a photo that made us all jealous.

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, also called Il Duomo di Firenze, is part of the Historic Centre of Florence UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basilica is one of Italy’s largest churches and is the main church of Florence. Construction on the Gothic cathedral, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, began in 1296 and was completed structurally in 1436 with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. Until development of new structural materials in the modern era, the dome was the largest in the world. It remains the largest brick dome ever constructed.

Vance Kelley representing Treanor Architects with the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in the background.Vance Kelley representing Treanor Architects with the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in the background.

Shoptalk: Repointing vs Tuck Pointing

2014-05-21 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!

Two for the price of one today. The term “tuck pointing” is often used when the appropriate term for the topic at hand is “repointing.” Let’s look at the difference.

Term:
repointing

Definition:
repairing existing masonry joints by removing defective mortar and installing new mortar (source: Bucher, Ward. Dictionary of Building Preservation. Preservation Press, 1996.)

Term:
tuck pointing

Definition:
a type of mortar joint profile using two mortar colors to simulate narrow masonry joints; the first color mortar stopping matches the brick or stone and is installed with a flush joint; the second color mortar is typically installed with a raised joint in a tuck groove cut into the first color mortar (source: Bucher, Ward. Dictionary of Building Preservation. Preservation Press, 1996.)

Examples:

Tuck pointing demonstration

Tuck pointing demonstration by Gerard Lynch a.k.a. "The Red Mason" at the APT Conference Workshop "Traditional Masonry Practice and New Approaches to Preservation Education" on October 4, 2012, at the American College of the Building Arts.

Prepped joint

A joint prepared for repointing.

Mortar joints after repointing

Mortar joints after repointing.

Shoptalk: Dutchman

2014-05-14 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!

Term: 
Dutchman

Definition: 
graft repair typically done to stone; removes deteriorated or damaged material and replaces it with new material; requires skill in fitting the piece as well as finishing it to blend it into the remaining stone

Examples: 
Below is a sequence of construction photos showing the progression of a Dutchman repair.

Before Dutchman repair.Before Dutchman repair.
During Dutchman repair.During Dutchman repair.
After Dutchman repair.After Dutchman repair.

Kansas Statehouse Preservation Wins KPA Award

2014-05-12 Posted By: Patty Weaver

On Friday, May 9, the multi-phase, multi-year preservation and restoration of the Kansas Statehousewas honored by the Kansas Preservation Alliance with the Medallion Award for Rehabiltation. 

Statehouse Architect Barry Greis accepts the Medallion Award surrounded by KPA Board members and the Treanor design team.Statehouse Architect Barry Greis accepts the Medallion Award surrounded by KPA Board members and the Treanor design team.
Kansas Statehouse after restoration.Kansas Statehouse after restoration.

5th Graders Design Creative Public Spaces

2014-05-09 Posted By: Jac Samp

Langston Hughes 5th grade students use Sketch Up 3D drawing program to portray their visions for the empty lot next to the Eldridge.

Sketch Up 3D DrawingsSketch Up 3D Drawings
Architecture MuseumArchitecture Museum
Student describes his panda garden to family.Student describes his panda garden to family.
Public MazePublic Maze
Amusement ParkAmusement Park
Public RestroomsPublic Restrooms

Dancing Rabbits?

2014-05-09 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds
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Anna with Jennifer Martin, the Green Community Center’s project managerAnna with Jennifer Martin, the Green Community Center’s project manager
Anna's commute to work. Anna's commute to work.
Dancing Rabbit's construction staging area.Dancing Rabbit's construction staging area.
Anna's office at Dancing Rabbit. Anna's office at Dancing Rabbit.

Treanor Interiors is Hiring

2014-05-09 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Our studio is seeking a full-time interior designer to join our Lawrence, Kan.-based team in an entry-level position.

We’re looking for someone with a diverse background and project experience as well as a strong passion and talent for design. If the following describes you, email Audrie Wenger, Director of Interiors, with your resume and contact information.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • 2-3 years of practical design experience 
  • Accredited design degree in Interior Design or Interior Architecture 
  • Strong technical & technology skillsREVIT proficiency required 
  • Creative design thinking skills 
  • Versatility to work within all project types, including furniture design packages 
  • Enjoys teamwork and collaboration 
  • Self-manager, strategic thinker, flexible type who is comfortable with fast project pace, travel and workload

Defining Our Signature Buildings

2014-05-08 Posted By: Patty Weaver

From the Empire State Building to the Eiffel Tower, some buildings captivate a city or even a nation. Over time, these iconic buildings become synonymous with the place they represent.

They are the buildings that, if you mention their name, people know what you’re talking about,” says Vance Kelley, AIA, principal in Treanor Architects' Historic Preservation studio. They are buildings that show up on television, in books and memories. They are, often, the ones worth preserving.

A building doesn’t need to be world-famous to be “iconic” to its community. Here are a few of the ways that a building—perhaps one in your community— can take on a life greater than the sum of its parts.

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Missouri State Capitol, 2012Missouri State Capitol, 2012

How far will we go for preservation?

2014-04-18 Posted By: Patty Weaver

To the very edge! Julia Manglitz working on a punch list on the Kansas Statehouse roof. Don't worry folks, she follows all the safety rules during her architectural stunts.

IIDA Student Mentoring Week

2014-04-04 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds
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Treanor's Director of Interior Design, Audrie Wenger & our student shadow Kelsey Brown. Treanor's Director of Interior Design, Audrie Wenger & our student shadow Kelsey Brown.